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Rural retreats (56576)

Escape to the country – book a beautiful rural retreat! Choose from cosy country cottages, exquisitely converted farmhouses and Mediterranean-style fincas bursting with character.



Rural retreats provide the perfect setting for total relaxation. See our holiday cottages in Cornwall, the Cotswolds and the Lake District, or find a cottage with a mesmerising backdrop in Snowdonia or the Scottish Highlands. Further afield, explore the tranquillity and native wildlife in France, Italy or Spain from your own gite or trullo.



Some of our rural retreats come complete with private pools, BBQs, Jacuzzis and real log fires. They make perfect bases for hiking, cycling, fishing, or simply enjoying the peace and fresh air of the great outdoors.

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Luberon / Bonnieux

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

from £48 / night

£332 - £574 / week

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from £48 / night

(1) Excellent 

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South Moravian Region / Znojmo

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £44 / night

£242 - £819 / week

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from £44 / night

(41) Excellent 

17

Salisbury holiday studio rental

Wiltshire / Salisbury

Studio 2 3 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Car not necessary

from £40 / night

£200 - £350 / week

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from £40 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Killybegs

County Donegal / Killybegs

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely country cottage” My wife and I spent a week here in June. A lovely secluded cottage in middle of forest just 5 minutes from Killybegs. Comfortable interior and cozy bed. Kitchen a bit dark but otherwise great!  …see more

from £40 / night

£190 - £420 / week

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from £40 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Fairford

Cotswolds / Fairford

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Beautiful cottage, great location” Wool Cottage is a charming renovation, providing well-appointed accommodation. Each bedroom has an en suite, which worked well for us - my mother was in her own room and I shared the other with my three-year old son.  …see more

from £90 / night

£395 - £600 / week

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from £90 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Caravan/mobile home rental in Cloghane

Dingle Peninsula / Cloghane

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Secret escape” Have stayed here many many times over the years. Its a magical spot full of peace and quiet. The mobile home is warm and draft free. Has everything you need for holiday getaway. At the end of the garden path you can take a beach stroll  …see more

from £50 / night

£250 - £351 / week

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from £50 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Ardeche / Boucieu-le-Roi

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £57 / night

£380 - £423 / week

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from £57 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Louth

Lincolnshire / Louth

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £40 / night

£250 - £350 / week

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from £40 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Melplash

Bridport / Melplash

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fabulous Roe Barn” Spent another fabulous time at Roe Barn in Dorset. The accommodation was outstanding as last year. Hope to return very soon.  …see more

from £93 / night

£414 - £1129 / week

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from £93 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage letting

Aberdeenshire / Banchory

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Private garden

from £55 / night

£350 - £400 / week

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from £55 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Trearddur Bay holiday apartment rental

Anglesey / Trearddur Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly

from £74 / night

£390 - £685 / week

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from £74 / night

(22) Very Good 

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Holiday bungalow with shared pool in Kilkhampton

Bude / Kilkhampton

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
“Everything we needed at a reasonable cost” After booking the property Linda the owner was in touch with all the information we needed about the area the site and dog friendly places and if we had any problems just to phone her On arrival the proper  …see more

from £29 / night

£200 - £550 / week

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from £29 / night

(53) Excellent 

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Home letting in Llangors

Brecon / Llangors

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“A group of friends pretend to have a walking holiday” Great place for a group of friends to have a weekend. We managed two walks in the beautiful countryside and treated ourselves to the local pub for lunch, the hot tub at the house and social drinkin  …see more

from £102 / night

£286 - £1526 / week

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from £102 / night

(5) Average 

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Yonne / Villeneuve-sur-Yonne

2 3 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly

from £45 / night

£216 - £233 / week

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from £45 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge in Tiverton

Devon / Tiverton

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Our stay at Eden” Always have fantastic time here and it's great to get away from a busy life! We go here every January and each time we visit we don't want to leave! Hot tub is amazing and Rob and corin are fantastic hosts..highly recommend!  …see more

from £99 / night

£595 - £895 / week

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from £99 / night

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Cantal / Mauriac

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £61 / night

£259 - £673 / week

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from £61 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Kokkino Chorio

Chania Prefecture / Kokkino Chorio

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“The Best” The most amazing place I have ever stayed. The accommodation is perferct - the location is more than perfect - the view is stunning. You can not find anything wrong with this villa. This was our first time to Crete and we have already  …see more

from £115 / night

£800 - £1450 / week

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from £115 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Wellow holiday cottage rental

Nottinghamshire / Wellow

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Cosy welcoming house full of character & history” We loved the house and the facilities, the rooms were spacious and cosy, with big family kitchen. The bath was amazing and big enough for two, the history and books were really interesting. Well equipp  …see more

from £78 / night

£390 - £696 / week

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from £78 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Converted chapel accommodation in Dalguise

Perth and Kinross / Dalguise

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect for a quiet break” Just returned after a 3 day break with friends over New Year. Well kitted out kitchen with everything you need. Comfortable lounge area. Good sized bedrooms. Good location 5 minutes from A9, with easy access to forest walks,  …see more

from £150 / night

£510 - £1255 / week

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from £150 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Rhone / Regnie-Durette

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £113 / night

£725 - £1449 / week

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from £113 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Vogar

Reykjanes Peninsula / Vogar

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

from £134 / night

£843 - £896 / week

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from £134 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday riad accommodation

Essaouira / Ancient Medina

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly

from £80 / night

£500 - £840 / week

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from £80 / night

(7) Excellent 

17

Cottage rental in Ventnor

Isle of Wight / Ventnor

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous place to stay and really helpful owners!” Just returned from a two week stay at the delightful Valerian Cottage with my wife and daughters (aged 6 and 4). The cottage is beautifully presented and extremely comfortable - more like a proper hom  …see more

from £80 / night

£450 - £950 / week

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from £80 / night

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Holiday cottage in Crianlarich

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £255 / night

£995 - £1300 / week

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from £255 / night

(1) Excellent 

10

Haut-Rhin / Riquewihr

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £68 / night

£475 / week

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from £68 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Belmullet

County Mayo / Belmullet

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+

from £87 / night

£345 - £518 / week

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from £87 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Coulommiers / Boissy-le-Chatel

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

 …see more

from £130 / night

£380 / week

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from £130 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Zermatt ski apartment to rent.

Zermatt / Schluhmatten

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £143 / night

£995 - £2395 / week

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from £143 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Wilmcote

Warwickshire / Wilmcote

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden
“Second stay just as special as the first! A real treasure.” After a short stay at The Cider House in April 2013, we booked The Cider House for two weeks in October 2014 as a base from which to explore the countryside as well as a two-day trip to Live  …see more

from £90 / night

£395 - £520 / week

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from £90 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Saint-Macaire-du-Bois holiday gite rental

Maine et Loire / Saint-Macaire-du-Bois

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 197 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Amazing!!!” What else needs to be said ! Amazing house __ amazing garden _ amazing pool _ amazing area __ amazing hosts and even amazing chickens ! Thanks Rita and Ed  …see more

from £75 / night

£525 - £686 / week

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from £75 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Jaffa

Tel Aviv / Jaffa

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Exceptional Accommodation in Tel-Aviv Yaffo” We loved this accommodation. We are a family of four and my sister rented the adjacent one bedroom apartment for our family get together, The mosiac floors, high ceilings, comfortable furniture and updated  …see more

from £96 / night

£640 - £1048 / week

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from £96 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Cabo Roig

Costa Blanca / Cabo Roig

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool

from £29 / night

£151 - £281 / week

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from £29 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Portstewart holiday apartment rental

County Londonderry / Portstewart

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent views of ocean and coast.” Great apt, clean and roomy. Great views from comfy sofa and big arm chairs. Has all emenities for self catering.  …see more

from £75 / night

£420 - £550 / week

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from £75 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Holiday bungalow in Fenit

County Kerry / Fenit

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £37 / night

£259 - £716 / week

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from £37 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Vernet-Les-Bains

Pyrenees-Orientales / Vernet-Les-Bains

4 7 5 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
“Great village house” 4 of us stayed for a wedding. The house was just what we wanted - comfortable and lovely views. The extra relaxation space, compared to an hotel room, was very welcome and the house had all the facilities we needed.  …see more

from £56 / night

£370 - £550 / week

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from £56 / night

(24) Very Good 

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Holiday bungalow in Keswick

Lake District / Keswick

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfectly placed, comfortable bungalow” we enjoyed a great week over Christmas this year. A very comfortable, home from home, bungalow. Not far from centre of Keswick but quiet and off street parking a big plus. The beds were exceptionally comfortabl  …see more

from £65 / night

£300 - £650 / week

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from £65 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Home rental in Hawkhurst with golf nearby

Kent / Hawkhurst

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 28 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous Home” This was our second stay in Barnfield House. Beautiful with every home comfort you need and more. Fabulous views. We shall certainly be returning.  …see more

from £330 / night

£1320 - £1960 / week

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from £330 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Grantown-on-Spey holiday home rental

Badenoch and Strathspey / Grantown-on-Spey

3 5 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Mrs” Clean, comfortable house with everything you need for a Break away from home. Lovely base for north of Scotland and only 20 minutes from Aviemore.  …see more

from £69 / night

£453 - £574 / week

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from £69 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Parthenay

Deux-Sevres / Parthenay

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Forget any apprehensions.” Have recently returned from an extremely pleasant week spent at Eeyores Corner. The location was excellent - quiet and restful, which was exactly what we wanted. Property was very comfortable and obviously maintained to a ve  …see more

from £40 / night

£200 - £580 / week

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from £40 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Swanage Bay

Swanage / Swanage Bay

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Comfortable family house in very convenient location” This was a very comfortable house with all of the facilities that you would want in a home from home. The owners left some milk in the fridge and other items, which was handy. They were friendly in  …see more

from £70 / night

£300 - £975 / week

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from £70 / night

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